The Official Statement from Fred Jones Jr., the Founder of the Southern Heritage Classic:
As you know, inclement weather, which included lightning, caused us to cancel last night’s Southern Heritage Classic football game between Jackson State University and Tennessee State University. The game was initially delayed several hours in hopes that the weather would improve and the teams could play. Unfortunately, that did not happen. This is not only a huge disappointment to the fans but to myself and the Classic staff, both universities, and the many Classic ambassadors (volunteers) who work hard to organize it each year. In our 29 years of hosting the Classic and delivering quality football, this is the first year that the game was not played. Many people still have questions, and we have provided some information that we hope will answer the most pressing ones.
· The game WILL NOT be rescheduled. Conflicting schedules for Jackson State and Tennessee State’s football teams prevent being able to play in 2018.
· Ticket holders who would like a refund can receive it at their point of purchase.
· The next football game between Jackson State and Tennessee State will be played September 14, 2019, during the 30th Annual Southern Heritage Classic. We are planning an exciting 5-day celebration that we know the fans will enjoy.
We thank everyone who has supported the Southern Heritage Classic throughout the years. Each person is an invaluable part of what has become a time-honored tradition, and we look forward to having that support for many years to come.